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Valley Strong Credit Union

Valley Strong Credit Union serves customers in several Central California counties. Formerly known as Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Valley Strong CU offers its members low interest rates and a personal approach to banking. Browse credit card offers below.

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Date Reviewed: December 20, 2019

Valley Strong Visa Rewards Card

Valley Strong Visa Rewards Card
  • Regular Purchase APR 12% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Balance Transfer APR 12% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance APR 14% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Annual Fee None
  • Credit Needed Good , Fair
  • Processing Network Visa
Best Benefits
  • No annual fee
  • No balance transfer fees
  • Earn 1% cash back on every purchase
  • Cash back credited monthly to your credit card account
Rates & Fees
  • Regular Purchase APR: 12% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Balance Transfer APR: 12% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance APR: 14% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance Transaction Fee: Either $10 or 2% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: 1% of the transaction amount in U.S. dollars
  • Late Payment Penalty Fee: $10
  • Return Payment Penalty Fee: Up to $30
Credit Card Deals
  • Complimentary EZ Mini Crunchies (60g) when you spend S$120 - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • 10% off museum entry - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save up to 55% on London theater tickets - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 10% on Tower of London access tickets - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save 5% with Alamo® at participating locations - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save 5% with Enterprise Rent-A-Car® at participating locations - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% on The Paris Explorer Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% on The London Explorer Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% when you purchase your Go Barcelona Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
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Date Reviewed: December 20, 2019

Valley Strong Visa Platinum Card

Valley Strong Visa Platinum Card
  • Regular Purchase APR 8.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Balance Transfer APR 8.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance APR 10.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Annual Fee None
  • Credit Needed Good , Fair
  • Processing Network Visa
Best Benefits
  • No annual fee
  • No balance transfer fee
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver included
Rates & Fees
  • Regular Purchase APR: 8.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Balance Transfer APR: 8.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance APR: 10.5% to 15.65% variable based on creditworthiness and the Prime Rate
  • Cash Advance Transaction Fee: Either $10 or 2% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: 1% of the transaction amount in U.S. dollars
  • Late Payment Penalty Fee: $10
  • Return Payment Penalty Fee: Up to $30
Credit Card Deals
  • Complimentary EZ Mini Crunchies (60g) when you spend S$120 - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • 10% off museum entry - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save up to 55% on London theater tickets - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 10% on Tower of London access tickets - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save 5% with Alamo® at participating locations - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save 5% with Enterprise Rent-A-Car® at participating locations - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% on The Paris Explorer Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% on The London Explorer Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% when you purchase your Go Barcelona Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
  • Save an extra 5% when you purchase your Go Bangkok Pass - Offer Expires on December 31, 2020 - See Details
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About Valley Strong Credit Union

Valley Strong Credit Union is the new name of the former Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. The credit union traces its roots to 1938 and a group of concerned educators looking for a better way to bank.

What is now Valley Strong CU began with a handful of teachers in Bakersfield, California. As the credit union continued to grow, it kept its presence in Kern County, hence the name Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

While initially only for Kern County Schools educators, membership in the credit union eventually expanded to include all those who lived and worked in the county.

In 2020, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union began an ambitious plan to extend its reach beyond its home base of Kern County. The stated goal of the credit union was to open membership to those who reside in the nearby San Joaquin Valley. This change also brought the new name, Valley Strong Credit Union.

Today, Valley Strong Credit Union boasts more than 150,000 members and over $2 billion in total assets, making it one of the largest credit unions in Central California.

Membership Eligibility

Joining Valley Strong Credit Union (the former Kern Schools Credit Union) is easy. The following individuals are eligible to join the credit union:

  • Anyone who lives, works, or worships in the following California counties:
    • Freson
    • Kern
    • Kings
    • Madera
    • Mariposa
    • Merced
    • San Joaquin
    • San Luis Obispo
    • Stanislaus
    • Tulare
  • The immediate family of a current Valley Strong Credit Union member
  • Members of the Financial Fitness Association

Those ineligible to join Valley Strong through residency can join via the Financial Fitness Association. This option requires an $8 per year fee, which Valley Strong covers for the first year.

Branch Locations

Valley Strong Credit Union currently operates ten branches and an administrative center. These offices and branches are at the following locations:

Bakersfield, CA

  • 11500 Bolthouse Drive (Administrative Office)
  • 1341 Allen Road
  • 3300 Buena Vista Road, Suite J
  • 4530 Ming Avenue
  • 2424 Chester Avenue
  • 3901 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • 5001 Panama Lane
  • 6101 Coffee Road
  • 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite P

Delano, CA

  • 1828 Cecil Avenue, Ste. A and B

Tehachapi, CA

  • 821 Tucker Road, Ste. A and B

For more information on Valley Strong locations, including directions, hours of operation, and more, please visit the credit union’s locations page.

FAQs About Valley Strong Credit Union

Here are some commonly asked questions about Valley Strong CU:

What happened to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union?

  • Kern Schools changed its name to Valley Strong Credit Union in February 2020.

What is the routing number for Valley Strong (Kern Schools) Credit Union?

  • The ABA routing number for Valley Strong is 322273722.